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The European Union has started as a peace project and has successfully transformed a war-torn and conflict-prone continent into a global actor in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. The European Union promotes peace across the globe by addressing the root causes of conflict, contributing to creating the necessary conditions for the reconstruction of societies and supporting the recovery of affected civilians. The International Day of Peace reminds us that peace is not a given. Three projects in Ukraine, the Philippines and Niger show how local actors, with the support from the international community, can build peace.
On 27 September 2018, in the margins of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, 14 States and the European Union will come together for a high-level gathering in the presence of UN Secretary-General Guterres and UN Human Rights Chief Bachelet to share positive human rights practices and experiences.
EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will on 21-22 September co-host a global meeting of women Foreign Ministers, to reinforce exchange and cooperation in support of democracy, fundamental rights – including gender equality – and global peace and security.
“For now, I am happy here doing the work I’m doing. I feel at home. What they did for me, I want to do for others.”
Hadiza is a former victim of human trafficking. She is one of the many Nigerian women and girls who embark on the perilous journey abroad each year, tricked by false promises of a better life in Europe. This young woman has survived her ordeal and is now working as a community mobilizer with the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Niger to try to warn others against making similar risky choices, and to inform them about the options available for migrants.
The EU brings together representatives from youth organisations as well as young leaders to build bridges across cultures and borders. By building partnership and trust among young people from all continents, the EU empowers the youth to be both actor of and driver for social and political change. International Youth Day on August 12, celebrates the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and provides an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth.